A dad’s invention is improving his relationship with his daughter every day.
Rob Laffan, who is a student at the Limerick Institute of Technology in Ireland, was inspired to create a more efficient and improved version of a picture exchange communication system (PECS). Many nonverbal people use a PECS, which allows them to point to pictures to communicate their needs; however, the pictures in these books are often easily damaged and the nonverbal person must be in the immediate presence of the person with whom they need to communicate in order for it to be effective.
That’s why Rob invented TippyTalk, an app that allows his daughter to select pictures and translates them into text messages.
His invention doesn’t just solve practical problems, though. Rob says, “Being able to understand my girl’s exact desires, needs, and feelings has brought me closer to really understanding and loving her little personality.”
His creativity has helped improve his relationship with his daughter and blesses many others with nonverbal family members. You can see how the app works in the video above.
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